Semiotics 1980 pp 227-230 | Cite as

Modes of Medical Instruction: A Semiotic Comparison of Textbooks of Medicine and Popular Home Medical Books

  • Joan Yess Kahn


Following upon a careful selection of eight contemporary books, identified according to specific criteria as books of medical instruction, a semiotic cross-comparison was undertaken between one group, consisting of three textbooks of medicine and intended for professional readers, and a second group, consisting of five popular home medical books and addressed to the layman. Preliminary research showed that all of the selected books, whose titles will appear at the end of this paper, enjoy wide dissemination in North America. The books were compared not only in terms of their linguistic and semantic properties, but also in terms of some of the historical, social, and critical contexts to which they belong. As anticipated, explicit differences could be demonstrated both on the levels of style as well as of contents.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Yess Kahn
    • 1
  1. 1.Industrial Relations CenterMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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